This raised suspicions that the DNA found at all the Phantom's crime scenes might be traced to a single innocent factory worker, probably employed to package the swabs. Cotton swabs are sterilized before being used to collect DNA samples, but while sterilizing removes bacteria, viruses and fungi, it does not destroy DNA. Earlier this year, Austrian authorities began decommissioning all cotton swabs manufactured by Austrian company Greiner Bio-One International AG after they had made a similar discovery, with a different mysterious DNA donor.
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There is good reason for not permitting convictions on the basis of DNA circumstantial evidence alone. And the case isn't closed yet. Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office is investigating the theory that certain batches of cotton swabs could have been contaminated at some point in their production, from when the raw cotton was picked to when the swabs were packed. Forensic analysts in Stuttgart have been testing unused cotton swabs for the Phantom's DNA but say that so far they have found no evidence of contamination.
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Subscribe to Independent Premium. View offers. Download the new Indpendent Premium app Sharing the full story, not just the headlines Download now. Shape Created with Sketch. The makeshift shrines to Britain's knife crime victims Show all Purple ribbons are seen tied to a tree and fence at a park near to where year-old Jodie Chesney was stabbed to death in an attack with no obvious motive, in the Harold Hill area of London. Chesney was stabbed in an unprovoked attack while out with friends on March 1, Four males aged 16, 17, 19 and 20 have been charged with her murder which all four deny.
In honour of her favourite colour, purple ribbons were tied to a railing, alongside a message also written in purple: "Choose life, drop the knife! RIP Jodie. Floral tributes and bottles of alcohol are seen outside the house where year-old Tyrelle Burke was stabbed to death, in the Wythenshawe area of Manchester.
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Burke was stabbed to death on April 5, outside his home by a friend following a night out. A woman walks past floral tributes near to where year-old Joshua White was stabbed to death, in the Hackney area of London. Joshua White died after he was stabbed through the heart in broad daylight on April Two teenagers have been charged with his murder, and police are attempting to extradite an year-old from Ireland in relation to the attack. Floral tributes and photographs are left at the spot where year-old Yousef Makki was stabbed to death, in Hale Barns.
Makki was stabbed to death on March 2 during a row with another boy. A year-old boy was cleared of his murder by a jury at Manchester Crown Court on July Makki's family have protested against the verdict. Floral tributes and packets of crisps and a chocolate bar are tied to a fence where year-old James Halewood was stabbed to death, in the Kirkby area of Liverpool. Halewood was stabbed to death in broad daylight outside a parade of shops at lunchtime on July 7. Two men aged 26 and 23 have been arrested in connection with his death. Graffiti on a fence of an industrial unit near to where year-old Hazrat Umar was killed, in the Bordesley Green area of Birmingham.
Umar was killed after being stabbed 15 times in an unprovoked attack on February 25, on his way to the gym. Adam Muhammad, 17, a student at the same college, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life imprisonment for his murder. Floral tributes are seen tied to a pedestrian crossing near to where year-old Gavin Garraway was stabbed to death, in the Clapham area of London.
Garroway was stabbed to death through the window of his car on March Zion Chiata, 18, has been charged with his murder. Floral tributes and teddy bears are seen outside a house where year-old Kelly-Mary Fauvrelle and her unborn baby where stabbed to death, in the Croydon area of London. Fauvrelle was stabbed to death in the bedroom of her home in the early hours of June Her baby boy, Riley, was delivered but also died four days later.
Ex-partner Aaron McKenzie has been charged with her murder and causing the death of the baby. Flowers are tied to the entrance of Sara Park near to where year-old Abdullah Muhammad was killed in the Small Heath area of Birmingham. Abdullah died after suffering stab wounds to the chest and back in the evening of February Three males aged 17, 19 and 20 have been charged in connection with his murder.
The remains of candles and tributes are seen near to where year-old Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck was stabbed to death, in the Wood Green area of London. Gabbidon-Lynck died after he was stabbed by a gang on bicycles on February 22, in an incident which left another man suffering from knife and gunshot wounds. Three men aged 18, 19 and 20 have been charged with murder, attempted murder and robbery. A woman pushes a pram past a row of houses where year-old Charlotte Huggins was stabbed to death, in south London. Huggins was the first stabbing victim of , stabbed in the back at her home in the early hours of New Year's Day.
Her ex-boyfriend Michael Rolle was found guilty of her murder and jailed for life. He stabbed Huggins after she celebrated New Year's eve with a male friend. Floral tributes are left at the spot where year-old Cheyon Evans was stabbed to death, in the Wandsworth area of London. Evans died from a stab wound to the chest after being attacked by a group of youths in broad daylight on June Three males aged 18, 18 and 17 have been charged with his murder.
Lanfrey Place is where year-old Ayub Hassan died after suffering multiple stab wounds in the street, in the West Kensington area of London. Hassan was killed after his attack on March 7.
A year-old boy has been charged with his murder. Floral tributes are left near to where year-old Lewis Bagshaw was stabbed to death, in the Southey area of Sheffield. Bagshaw collapsed and died on July 21, when seeking help from residents of Piper Crescent after suffering stab wounds. Police investigations into his death are ongoing.
Flowers and toys are left at the scene where year-old Lejean Richards was stabbed to death, in the Battersea area of London. Richards was attacked and fatally stabbed on February 5. A man walks past floral tributes left near to where year-old Joe O'Brien died after being stabbed in a fight outside a pub, in Manchester.
O'Brien died following a fight outside the Royal Oak pub on April